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Rayen & Mahan

We headed further south for the day. Our first stop was the small town of Rayen, to visit its ancient adobe castle. This very well-preserved structure is at least 1000 years old. It was, essentially, a walled city, complete with a palace of the governor. Parts of the complex have been restored, and the combination of restored and unrestored makes for a really interesting viewing experience.

We then drove to the Shahzadeh Persian Garden. Situated on the edge of the desert, this lovely garden was built in the 1800s, and makes use of water sourced in the nearby mountains. The garden occupies 5 hectares, and consists of a series of cascades, surrounded by flowers and trees. A real oasis in the desert.

We enjoyed a lunch of a traditional Iranian stew called boz ghormeh, which ingredients include lamb, beans, curd and mint. In Mahan we visited a shrine to Shah Nematollah Vali. Parts of the complex date back to 1436. We visited the roof, where we had a great view of the dome. It was great fun to climb the two minarets adjoining the shrine, and the view from that height was very nice.

In the evening, we went for dinner, after which we wandered in the streets of Kerman. The streets have been very lively at night, once Ramadan ends at sunset. We stopped for ice cream - very cheap. Several people stopped us to chat, and welcomed us to Iran. Ultimately, we stopped into a barbershop for Jim to get a haircut. Fortunately, one of the young barbers spoke good English!

Rayen Castle
Rayen Castle
Rayen Castle
Rayen Castle
Rayen Castle
Shahzadeh Persian Garden
Shahzadeh Persian Garden
Shahzadeh Persian Garden
Shah Nematollah Shrine
Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine. The minarets in the background are the ones we climbed.

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